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Spin Master's new line of Liv dolls. (JENNIFER ROBERTS/JENNIFER ROBERTS/THE GLOBE AND M)
Spin Master's new line of Liv dolls. (JENNIFER ROBERTS/JENNIFER ROBERTS/THE GLOBE AND M)

In Review

Required reading: Five essential stories of the week Add to ...

Each week, Report on Business editors choose five stories that shouldn't be missed. Here are the 'must reads' for the week of Nov. 23, 2009.



Board Games

While women appear to be making headway in the boardrooms of the nation, a lack of CEO experience and access to some crucial business networks mean that directorships are still proving elusive, the latest Report on Business survey reveals. Read the full Board Games 2009

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Russia deals fresh blow to greenback

Russia surprised markets by announcing it plans to add the Canadian dollar, and possibly one or two other currencies, to its foreign exchange reserves. The decision sparked a sharp gain in the loonie mid-week. Such a shift brings Russia into line with the currency diversification strategies being weighed or launched by China, Indonesia and a handful of other major central banks holding vast amounts of U.S. Treasuries. Read the story







Catching up with Niall Ferguson

In February, Harvard financial historian Niall Ferguson famously told The Globe and Mail of an impending global disaster brought on by the destabilizing forces of the financial crisis. Has the market rally caused him to change his grim prophecy? Read the interview:

What Niall Ferguson thinks now

Why Niall Ferguson is still bearish



Sir Richard: Eternal marketing machine

Sir Richard Branson is an unlikely man to be a perpetual marketing machine. During interviews, he looks off to the side, evincing a kind of modesty. He has a jaunty charisma, but he doesn't speak in slick phrases designed to cajole. And yet, people can't get enough of him. Read the story



Battle heats up for Barbie's throne

The catfight in the toy aisles is getting fierce. Mattel recently shipped its new Barbie Fashionista to stores, while a rival heavyweight introduced the Moxie Girlz fashion doll. And Toronto's Spin Master recently launched Liv. Read the story

 

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